Purported iPhone 7 frame has leaked, but it’s 5.2 inches and has a hole for the headphone jack

By , Feb 29, 2016

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A batch of images have been leaked on the web by an Apple supplier, potentially giving us a look at a purported chassis for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7.

Published by French blog NowhereElse.fr, which does due diligence before posting part leaks, the photos show what looks like a Unibody frame handled by a factory worker, resembling Apple’s design style for the iPhone 6/6s series.

Reality checks, however, lead us to the conclusion that this likely is not a genuine iPhone 7 part, but a frame belonging to another handset.

For starters, the rectangular frame that holds the screen assembly measures 5.2 inches diagonally and the current iPhone 6/6s series is provided in 4.7 and 5.5-inch flavors.

Then there’s the placement of the headphone jack at the bottom. Didn’t the rumor mill assert that the iPhone 7 would ditch the headphone jack in favor of Lightning-based and wireless headphones?

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Also worth keeping in mind: the supplier in question has both Apple and Huawei as its clients so there’s a reasonably high likelihood that what we’re seeing here is a chassis for an unreleased Huawei device.

It could even be an iPhone design that Apple had prototyped but ultimately abandoned.

Last but not least, take note of the position of the volume buttons and the power switch and lack of a hole for the silent switch, as evidenced on the photos above which put the leaked metal frame against a protective shell designed for Huawei’s P9 smartphone.

What do you think about the part shown on these pictures, is it a fluke or the real deal?

Source: NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

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  • Charlie

    Let the great guessing game begin

  • armyk

    Missing mute switch, volume buttons are relocated and hole for logo on rubber case is to close to the top. Doesn’t look like iPhone to me.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah i agree thats no iphone. We all know the body will change but that to drastic to be an iphone. Reminds me of the rumor tear drop design back in the day LOL

  • TheShade247

    I heard last year before iPhone 6s launch that apple is planning to get rid of home button and implementing touch id on the screen.

  • Berk Tezkosar

    It’s probably Huawei P9 i think.

  • sandro khokhiashvili

    connector looks more like usb type C than lightning connector.

  • NeftyCorrea

    it could be fake because isnt apple getting rid of the headjack ? this frame still has a jack slot still . so it could have been an earlier frame built before deciding to remove the head phone jack or it could just be a fake photo.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Most certainly not an Apple product.

  • Jared

    Ahhh yeah, that is not an iPhone. Unless you want us to believe that Apple is switching from Lightning to USB-C and introducing a dual rear-facing camera.